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AbleData (Stroke and Traumatic Brain Injury Resource Centre)   "Your source for assistive technology information."
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Active Living Alliance for Canadians with a Disability   Enabling Canadians with Disabilities to lead active healthy lives.
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Brain Injury Association   Creating a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
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Brain Injury Society of Toronto   Creating a better future through brain injury prevention, research, education and advocacy.
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Charity Village®   "Canada's supersite for the nonprofit sector."
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National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research (NIDRR)   "... leadership and support for a comprehensive program of research related to the rehabilitation of individuals with disabilities."
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Ontario Brain Injury Association (OBIA)   "To enhance the lives of Ontarians living with the effects of acquired brain injury (ABI) through education, awareness and support."
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Ontario Federation for Cerebral Palsy (OFCP)   Assistive Devices Funding Program
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Ontario Non-Profit Housing Association (ONPHA)    
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STAXI Corporation Ltd.   World's Leading Nestable Transport Chair System
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Thinking Outside the Box   "Creative Solutions for Accommodating Disabilities (Ontario March of Dimes & Partners)"
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Toronto ABI Network   "To provide leadership in furthering equitable, accessible, responsive, cost-effective and quality publicly-funded services and support for persons living with the effects of an acquired brain injury in the Greater Toronto Area"
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Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation   A charitable Public Foundation dedicated to enhancing Toronto's parks. CHIRS gratefully acknowledges the Foundation's generous contribution to the CHIRS BJF Memorial Gardens volunteer project at Earl Bales Park.
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Caregiver Resources:

The Brain Injury Information NETwork
This is a support group via E-mail for Caregivers of BI patients/survivors.
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Family Caregiver Alliance National Centre on Caregiving
An unmoderated group for families, partners and other caregivers of adults with disorders such as Alzheimer’s, stroke, brain injury and other chronic debilitating health conditions.
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Brain Injury Association Network
Comprised of persons with living with a brain injury, their family members, caregivers, and service professionals interested in issues relevant to brain injury
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The Care Tools
An online organizer that allows the care team to post a schedule, assign tasks, and sign up for specific duties.
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Prevention:

 

   
 
SMARTRISK
Empowering youth through education, programming and policy change to recognize and manage their risks of injury in the smartest ways possible.
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Wipe Out
Brain Injury and Extreme Sports
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Managing Stress:

 
Various articles from Mayoclinic.com on identifying and coping with stress.
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Part 1 of Managing Stress effectively after TBI. Article from TBI Today, published by Virginia Commonwealth
University’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Neuropsychology Service.
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Part 2 of Managing Stress effectively after TBI. Article from TBI Today, published by Virginia Commonwealth University’s Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation’s Neuropsychology Service.
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Short article outlining how to define and ask for the help you need. Published by the National Family Caregivers Association.
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Information from Peel Public Health on how to manage the role of a caregiver, who to ask for help, how to ask for help, and how to recognize and deal with caregiver burnout.
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From the Public Health Agency of Canada. Describes sources of stress, ways to manage stress, when to seek help, and stress relievers. Also provides links to other resources.
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Published by the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Online brochure contains a 12 question stress test, coping strategies and 12 quick tips for dealing with stress.
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Sleep Resources:

 

   
 
10 Tips for a Better Sleep from Mayo-Clinic.com.
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National Sleep Foundation’s website that contains interactive videos about sleep and how to improve sleep hygiene. The website also includes information regarding sleeping disorders/problems and how they can affect one’s sleep (e.g. epilepsy and sleep, aging and sleep).
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Relaxation Techniques:

 

   
 
Google search result of Relaxation Videos (deep breathing and guided imagery) each is a different length, ranging from 5-10 minutes.
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Short video from MayoClinic.com that talks the viewer through a guided relaxation breathing exercise.
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Instructional video from MayoClinic.com for simple yoga poses to do at home. Video is less than 5 minutes.
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Healthy Eating/Menu Planning:

 

 
“Cooking dinner with a busy schedule – How to make dinner healthy and stress free.” From the Reader’s Digest website.
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Online menu planner from Eat Right Ontario, with recipes, an automatic shopping list generator and additional resources.
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Free online menu plan. Provides customized menus, recipes and saves your past grocery lists. Also provides general information about healthy eating and menu planning.
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